(OCALA, Fla.) April 1, 2010 — Two special art exhibitions will open on Saturday, April 17, at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida: “American Masters From A Private Collection” and “Florida Journeys: African-American Artists From The Sunshine State.”

Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays.

Supported in part by the Jenkins Auto Group, “American Masters From A Private Collection” will illustrate important American art movements ranging from the 19th century Hudson River School to the early 20th century modernism. Presented in the second floor gallery, the exhibition will feature 20 works by noted American artists Thomas Cole, George Inness, Alfred Maurer, Jane Peterson, Thomas B. Pope, Anthony Thieme and others.

Also opening on April 17 will be “Florida Journeys: African-American Artists From The Sunshine State.” This Balcony Gallery exhibition will showcase nearly 40 works by Florida-based African-American artists from the 20th century to the present such as Kenneth Falana, Valerie Goodwin, Mary Proctor, O.L. Samuels, Harris Wiltsher and Purvis Young. This exhibition of Florida artists will complement the Appleton’s larger temporary exhibition in the Edith Marie Special Exhibition Gallery: “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South.” In this exhibition are 55 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by African-American artists from the 1940s to today who have chronicled the history of southern culture in their art. Among the featured artists are Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence. “Southern Journeys” is a program of exhibitions USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guests are also invited to visit all the Appleton Museum’s art galleries and view the extensive collections of world-class European, American and Contemporary art, plus African, Asian and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. 

A 12-month membership is also available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just east of  downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit